SPEAK Series


Speakers for Parents Educators And Kids

Louisville Collegiate School offers free community talks for the general public through the SPEAK series. The goal of SPEAK is to build the well-being of our community by offering a forum for conversation on current educational, health, wellness, artistic, social, psychological, technological, and economic topics that are relevant to our time. For several decades, local, regional, and national thought leaders have delivered talks and workshops at Collegiate.


Dr. DeDe Wohlfarth

Director of Child, Adolescent, and Family Emphasis Area


Tuesday, November 12
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Davis Commons

Dr. Dede Wohlfarth grew up in Dayton, Ohio.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, master’s degree from Ball State University, and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in 1998. She completed her doctoral internship at University of Nebraska Consortium at Boys and Girls Town.  Dr. Wohlfarth is a full professor at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and the Director of the Child, Adolescent and Family Emphasis Area. She is also a practicing clinical psychologist in Indiana and Kentucky who specializes in treating children and families who are affected by intergenerational poverty, abuse and neglect, and trauma. 

Her interest in cultural humility grew as she realized the impact of racism, sexism, and heterosexism on her clients.  She has since published numerous articles on diversity-related topics, including contributing several chapters to The Handbook of Multicultural Competence by Dr. Tim Forde.  She also co-authored a book, Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology which shares multicultural, contextual, and complex case studies in a problem-based learning format (like Choose Your Own Adventure books). Dr. Wohlfarth would like to add that although she is “half woke”, she makes mistakes every day on her own diversity journey, but tries to learn from them.


Mirna valerio
Topic: running in my purpose

Wednesday, February 5
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Thornton Dining Commons

Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, speaker, and author of the recently published memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog Fatgirlrunning, about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes. Mirna’s athletic story was featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly NewsCNN, on the CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner’s World Magazine. Mirna was also chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and was featured in a NYTimes article on Body Positivity entitled, Five People Who Can Help You Love Your Body. She has also been a guest on several major podcasts, including the Rich Roll Podcast and most recently, the Strava Athletes Unfiltered Podcast.


If you would like to suggest a speaker or a topic or just want to find out how to get involved with the 2019-20 SPEAK series, contact Clay Gahan, Dean of Faculty, at cgahan@louisvillecollegiate.org.